If there was a contest for the most leaked phone every year, the Huawei P20 series would win it this year, hands down. Huawei’s flagship P series was so exposed that a blogger even uploaded an unboxing video of the Huawei P20 Pro hours prior to the launch.
Moreover, most of the specifications and design of the handset was already leaked before today’s launch. Now that the phone has launched officially, obviously the headline grabber is the triple camera which is an exclusive feature of the P20 Pro. Nonetheless, the standard P20 is also a very powerful flagship in its own right.
The whole P series this year shares similar aesthetics. Whether you hate it or not, both the P20 and P20 Pro come dressed in a unibody glass design, and adorn a notch on the top of the display. The P20 has a slightly smaller footprint with a 5.8-inch LCD display with Full-HD+ resolution. The notch on the top allows for an aspect ratio of 19:9 and a resolution of 2240 x 1080 pixels. Both the models also have front-facing fingerprint readers situated on the bottom chin, which can also be used as navigation keys. Interestingly, you can switch off the notch if you want to.
On the inside, the Huawei P20 shares a lot of its DNA with its bigger sibling, the P20 Pro. It is loaded with the HiSilicon Kirin 970 CPU coupled with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage.
As for optics, the dual camera of the P20 is a combo of a 12MP RGB sensor with f/2.4 aperture and a 20MP monochrome sensor. Huawei also includes laser autofocus and LED flash. The dual sensors come with a plethora of AI features as well as 720p slow-mo video recording. The 24MP front shooter is the same as the Huawei P20 Lite.
Huawei’s P20 series will run Android Oreo flavoured with EMUI 8.0. The power reserve of the P20 is a 3,400mAh battery with USB Type-C enabled fast charging. There’s no 3.5mm headphone jack sadly.
The Huawei P20 comes in glossy Black, Blue and Pink shades and the price is 649 Euros (approximately Rs 53,000).
Huawei P20 Pro
Coming straight to the point, the Huawei P20 Pro has triple Leica-branded cameras. Courtesy of so many leaks, we had a sneak peek of this new setup in the run-up to the launch. We’re truly seeing something innovative being done here by Huawei.
The RGB sensor is of a mind-blowing 40MP capacity and it has a 1.55 micron, something that reminds us of the nostalgic Nokia 1020 days. The secondary telephoto sensor is of 8MP. The primary sensor is capable of 3x lossless zoom but with the help of the secondary sensor, it offers 5x hybrid zoom. It also offers the highest ISO of 102400. You also get 4D Predictive focus and zero shutter lag. There’s EIS, OIS and Huawei’s very own Artificial Intelligence based Image Stabilisation called AIS. It shoots multiple frames to reduce shakes.
Like the P20, it also captures 960fps slow-mo footage at 720p. With such a setup, the P20 Pro camera promises to be a game changer. However, this is on paper. We’re yet to see real-world usage.
The front selfie shooter stands at 24MP.
Other hardware components like the display and RAM and storage vary slightly. The P20 Pro has a 6.1-inch OLED display with the same resolution and aspect ratio. It is packed with the Kirin 970 and has 6GB of RAM and 128GB of native storage. The P20 Pro gets a beefier 4,000mAh battery accompanied by SuperCharge.
The Huawei P20 Pro comes in the same shiny Graphite Black, Midnight Blue and Pink Gold colours. Although, there’s an exclusive Twilight colour as well, which looks super attractive. It is priced at 899 Euros (Rs 72,500 approximately).